City encourages business owners to sign up up for emergency alerts

Grand Junction business owners can register for a free service in which they’ll be notified in the event of such emergencies as water line breaks, natural gas leaks and power outages.

The service is offered through the City of Grand Junction website at and also is available to individuals.

“It’s a service we offer to them and it’s very handy,” said Kristin Winn, a public information coordinator for the city.

Business owners can register by visiting the city website and clicking on the link on the left side of the home page that states “sign up to receive emergency notifications.” Additional information about the program is available, including an instructional video and answers to frequently asked questions.

Winn said owners can sign up to receive emergency notifications on their cellular, work or home telephones, by text message or e-mail.

Once they sign up, owners can manage their registrations to to determine what types of notifications they receive, how they receive them and for what addresses.

While city staff strives to notify owners in the event of an emergency potentially affecting their businesses, sometimes the only information they have available is the owners of the properties, Winn said. Consequently, business owners who lease properties might not receive a notification if they don’t register.